”We must entertain each other in brotherly affection,” Winthrop told his weary voyagers. He challenged his followers to ”make others’ conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together.” He told them that faith would give them a power greater than their numbers: ”We shall find that the God of Israel is among us when ten of us shall be able to resist a thousand of our enemies.”

Winthrop then uttered perhaps the most famous words of community and common responsibility in all of American letters: ”For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.”
-From Embracing that ‘City Upon a Hill’
by Charles C. Euchner and William M. Fowler
September 4, 2002

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